Each September during Reunion Weekend, Willamette honors and celebrates outstanding alumni for their achievements and devotion to the University. Here’s a look at this year’s honorees.
Page Bailey ’56 (daughter, Doreen Bailey Jensen, pictured in back row, second from right) enjoyed extraordinary accomplishments in two very different fields. A gifted musician when he came to Willamette, Bailey was a nationally known clarinetist until his career was cut short by an accident. Over the next 20 years, he channeled his musical talent into being a master teacher, conductor, lecturer, music education curriculum writer and consultant to schools in Pennsylvania and Kansas. He then turned his energy into creating his own company dedicated to the study of chronic conditions and improving human performance. He was recognized in 2002 by the Case Management Society of America as one of the 10 people in the U.S. who have done the most to advance the understanding and treatment of chronic conditions. Bailey died in October, and his life was an incredible example of service to others.
Thomas Carr ’56 (pictured in back row, right) embraced Jesus Christ while at Willamette and went on to combine his faith, education and seminary training in his work to bring God’s message to others. His ministry carried him across the country and to several nations in a multitude of roles. He has worked with inner-city youth, organized a singles ministry, pastored a future president of the United States, and worked with leaders in Washington, D.C. Carr has reflected the value of a rigorous liberal arts education in serving the needs of the communities in which he has lived. In an interesting side note, Carr and Bailey were close friends and fraternity brothers at Willamette. Shortly after graduation, Carr served as best man at Bailey’s wedding and recently officiated at Bailey’s memorial service. The men being honored together is a fitting closure to an enduring Willamette relationship.
Larry Liebenow ’66 was named chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 2002. His involvement in many positions within the U.S. Chamber was in addition to his corporate role as president, CEO and director of Quaker Fabric Corporation, one of the largest producers of upholstered fabrics in the world. Liebenow was recognized in 2000 with the Dennis Sheehan Award for leadership and commitment to the American business community. He received the 2002 Man of the Year Award from Textile World. He is a member of the board of directors and chairman of the National Endowment for Democracy. He was also appointed to President George Bush’s advisory board for Trade Policy and Negotiations.
Donna Dunbar Mason ’70 (pictured in front row, right) is director of media services for the city of Vancouver, Wash., and is responsible for publications, Web/Internet, video and related technologies. Within media services is the City/County Cable Television Office responsible for franchise administration and programming for Clark Vancouver Television (CVTV), the government access channel. Mason has served as City/County Cable TV director since that office was established in 1982. She was president of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) in 1987–88 and served on the board of directors from 1983–91 and 1994–95. She has served on a number of boards and commissions in her state and community.
Larry Paulson ’68, JD’71 (pictured in back row, left) earned dual degrees from Willamette and has succeeded in dual arenas. His law degree has led him from private practice to corporate law with the Port of Vancouver, where he is now executive director. Simultaneously, Paulson was working his way up through the enlisted ranks to become brigadier general in the Oregon Air National Guard, where his last position was chief of staff and deputy commander. His many professional and civic activities include the board of directors of the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association (where he is currently president), the board of directors of the American Association of Port Authorities, numerous committees in the Oregon State Bar, Washington Public Ports Association, Vancouver Rotary Club and Bible Study Fellowship.
Kerry Tymchuk ’81, JD’84 (pictured in front row, left), a native of Reedsport, Ore., has used his dual degrees to reach the highest levels of public service. After law school, he served briefly as a deputy district attorney in Marion County before becoming press secretary and legal counsel for then U.S. Congressman Denny Smith ’60. In 1989 he became director of speechwriting for then U.S. Secretary of Labor Elizabeth Dole. In 1991 he joined Senate Republican leader Bob Dole’s staff as legal counsel and director of speechwriting, serving in that position until 1996. During that time he continued as a communications consultant to Mrs. Dole in her capacity as president of the American Red Cross. Tymchuk returned to Oregon in 1997 to serve as state director to U.S. Senator Gordon Smith, where he has earned a reputation for effectiveness and bi-partisanship. Democrat Governor John Kitzhaber appointed him to the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission, and Democrat Governor Ted Kulongoski appointed him chair of the Oregon Lottery Commission. He has assisted Bob and Elizabeth Dole in writing five books, and recently worked with Gert Boyle, chairwoman of Columbia Sportswear, in co-writing her autobiography, One Tough Mother. Tymchuk is a member of the University’s board of trustees.
Kent Campbell ’96 exemplifies Willamette’s motto, Not unto ourselves alone are we born. His service to others was recognized when, as a student, he received a certificate for outstanding contribution to the Community Outreach Program. After graduation, Campbell taught literacy skills to school-aged English language learners and studied teaching at San Jose State University before earning a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Santa Clara University. Since then he has worked in school counseling in a number of settings including Sacred Heart Nativity School, where he currently provides individual and family counseling for low-income, academically and behaviorally at-risk students. Campbell is a young alumni leader in the Bay Area, working on his class’s 10-year reunion. In 2003 Campbell and his brothers started the Have a Heart Charity Ball, which, with the support of other Willamette alumni, has raised thousands of dollars for three local organizations dedicated to eliminating poverty, promoting self-sufficiency and providing educational and job training opportunities for those in need.
Gino Pieretti Jr. ’56, JD’58 (pictured in back row, second from left) was active as a student at Willamette and the College of Law in the 1950s, and he continues to be active both for his University and his community. Pieretti chaired the Class of ’56 50th reunion committee, has served on previous reunion committees, and has been a class agent for annual giving. In addition, he has served as a mentor on Career Mentor Day and has assisted the current capital campaign as a peer screener. Pieretti has stayed active with his fraternity, Sigma Chi, and has facilitated a number of events for his fraternity alumni brothers. He donates many hours of service to numerous organizations in Portland, including the Parry Center, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Ryles Center and the Jazz Society. He is the proud parent of Willamette alumna Gina Pieretti ’01.